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State of Texas
Keep Texas Beautiful
News Release
Monday, March 20, 2017

Ten Communities Receive Prestigious State Environmental Award
Governor’s Community Achievement Awards honor grassroots programs

Austin, Texas -- Ten Texas communities have been selected to receive the 2017 Governor’s Community Achievement Awards (GCAA), one of the most prestigious annual environmental awards in Texas.

These awards are a joint effort between the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB). Winning communities are awarded for their outstanding overall efforts to keep their communities beautiful. This year, the communities of Athens, Bastrop, Copperas Cove, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Longview, McAllen, Muenster, Murphy and San Saba will share $2 million in landscape development projects within their respective communities on state maintained rights-of-way. KTB and TxDOT will formally recognize and award these communities during Keep Texas Beautiful’s 50th Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas from June 12-14, 2017. Winners List

The awards recognize the most comprehensive grassroots environmental programs in the state and are awarded in 10 different categories, based on population. Every community in Texas is eligible to apply for a Governor’s Community Achievement Award. A community’s environmental program is judged on achievements in seven different areas: community leadership and coordination, education, public awareness, litter prevention and cleanup, litter law and illegal dumping enforcement, beautification and community improvement and solid waste management.

The GCAA program has recognized outstanding communities for more than 30 years. Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation first began working together in the late 1960s, sharing the common goals of making Texas roadways attractive, safe for motorists and encouraging tourism. Since 1985, KTB has partnered through an annual contract with TxDOT to provide grassroots support of their anti-litter and beautification programs such as Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off and the Governor’s Community Achievement Awards.

Keep Texas Beautiful, a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement nonprofit, strives to educate and engage Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment.  KTB and its more than 390 affiliates work with government, businesses, civic groups and volunteers to ensure that every Texan has the opportunity to make Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation. KTB provides more than $20 million in annual economic value per $1 funded by the state to keep
Texas beautiful.

The Governor’s Community Achievement Awards are open to all Texas communities. A program may consist of more than one community, but one community may not submit more than one GCAA entry.

For more information on these awards, please visit

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